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Native Quotes About Health, Wealth & Happiness

but i am the chief of the nation we do not want riches but we do want to train our children right riches will do us no good we could not take them with us to the other world we do not want riches we want peace and love children learn from what they see we need to set an example of truth and action among the indians there have been no written laws customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only lords to guide them everyone might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the nation this fear of the nation's censure acted as a mighty band binding all in one social honorable compact i have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself those that lie down with dogs get up with fleas [Music] what is life it is the flash of a firefly in the night it is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime it is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset when you were born you cried and the world rejoiced live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice [Music] force no matter how concealed it gets resistance [Music] our first teacher is our own heart beware of the man who does not talk and the dog that does not bark everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something when you know who you are when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will no cold can touch your heart no deluge can dampen your purpose you know that you are alive humankind has not woven the web of life we are but one thread within it whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves all things are bound together all things connect you have to look deeper way below the anger the hurt the hate the jealousy the self-pity way down deeper where the dreams lie son find your dream it's the pursuit of the dream that heals you we will be known forever by the tracks we leave when the earth is sick the animals will begin to disappear when that happens the warriors of the rainbow will come to save them [Music] you can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep [Music] life is not separate from death it only looks that way everything on the earth has a purpose every disease and herb to cure it and every person a mission this is the indian theory of existence when we show our respect for other living things they respond with respect for us before eaten always take time to thank the food if we wander often the gift of knowledge will come poverty is a news that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for god and man do not judge your neighbor until you walk two moons in his mukeshines [Music] all who have died are equal treat the earth well it was not given to you by your parents it was loaned to you by your children we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children [Music] wine does not sell the land people walk on [Music] the ground in which we stand is sacred ground it is the blood of our ancestors [Music] we know our lands have now become more valuable the white people think we do not know their value but we know that the land is everlasting and the few goods we receive for it are soon worn out and gone this war did not spring up on our land this war was brought upon us by the children of the great father who came to take our land without a price and who in our land do a great many evil things this war has come from robbery from the stealing of our land we must protect the forest for our children grandchildren and children yet to be born we must protect the forest for those who can't speak for themselves such as to birds animals fish and trees [Music] a frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives they have assumed the names and gestures of their enemies but have held on to their own secret souls and in this there is a resistance and an overcoming a long outweighting i have learned that the point of life's walk is not where or how far i move my feet but how i am moved in my heart our job is to be an awake people utterly conscious to attend to our world there is but one secret to success never give up this time they would find a path to love and to acceptance this time she would know and understand the secrets of his heart as well as those of her own we've all been through a lot we don't understand in a world made to either break us or make us so hard we can't break even when it's what we need most to do [Music] the holy land is everywhere [Music] there is a power in nature that man has ignored and the result has been heartache and pain [Music] so long as mists envelope you be still be still until the sunlight pulls through and dispels the mist as it surely will then act with courage i do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are but rather how well its people have learned to relate to the environment and fellow man i don't want to settle i love to roam over the prairies there i feel free and happy but when we settle down we grow pale and die may the stars carry your sadness away may the flowers fill your heart with beauty may hope forever wipe away your tears and above all may silence make you strong hold on to what is good even if it's a handful of earth hold on to what you believe even if it's a tree that stands by itself hold on to what you must do even if it's a long way from here go forward with courage when you are in doubt be still and wait when doubt no longer exists for you then go forward with courage [Music] only when the last trees has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught when we realized we cannot eat money [Music] take only what you need and leave the land as you found it you know that women are always looked upon as nothing but we are your mothers you are our sons our cry is all for peace let it continue this peace must last forever one of the things my parents taught me and i'll always be grateful for the gift is to not ever let anybody else define me for indigenous people the goal for our land is definitely about protection but it's also about use we see ourselves as so integrated with our territory that our protection is tied to our use and our use is tied to our protection we use the resources on our territory to live [Music] the land is sacred these words are the core of your being the land is our mother the river is our blood take our land away and we die that is the indian in us dies the homeland affects you directly it affects your body it affects the collective mind and the collective heart and the collective spirit the secret to our success is that we never give up a man who looks first to a woman's outer beauty will never know her beauty divine for there is dust upon his eyes and he is blind the saddest day has gleams of light the darkest wave has bright foam beneath it their twinkles are the cloudiest nights some solitary start to cheer it i want to be remembered as the

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